TIM tests multicast technology on satellite, live streaming available even in remote areas

The testing was carried out in collaboration with Eutelsat and Broadpeak


Rome, 27 June 2022 – TIM tests multicast signal distribution over satellite network to offer its customers the possibility of experiencing all entertainment in live streaming, even in the country’s most remote areas. The testing, delivered through the TimVision Box in Adaptative Bit Rate (ABR) multicast mode, was developed in collaboration with Eutelsat, which owns and operates the EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite dedicated to providing Internet services in Europe and Africa, and with Broadpeak to use the nanoCDN™ solution for content distribution.

Multicast functionality enables streamed broadcasting of highly popular live events without duplicating transmission flows, providing maximum quality live coverage, in particular for video content broadcast at HD and UltraHD resolutions. This means the same content can be distributed indiscriminately and simultaneously to connected users without taking up additional network and transmission resources, also ensuring the simultaneous availability of adequate bandwidth for all other satellite services.

The testing has shown that the benefits of multicast transmission in terms of quality and network resource savings,” remarked Crescenzo Micheli, TIM’s Head of Technology & Innovation, “are also available with the use of connectivity via satellite. This means that live content can be streamed, even at 4K resolution, with the same quality as a fibre connection, without restrictions linked to the number of simultaneous viewers”.

“Using multicast on a High Throughput Satellite like EUTELSAT KONNECT allows to benefit from the competitive advantage of the geostationary satellite which, by its nature, is perfectly suited for broadcasting”, added Denis Fauconnier, Director of Technology, Architecture and Portfolio at Eutelsat. “This successful pilot represents a new step in the collaboration between Eutelsat and TIM and we look forward to continuing to work with TIM to make this solution available to their customers throughout Italy.”

Satellite has a clear potential in the distribution of video streaming technology, especially for large areas with limited Internet connections. Based on multicast principle, it can totally offload from the network the peaks of streaming traffic typically generated by high popularity live event and secure a virtually unlimited quality to an unlimited number of users in the covered area”, commented Damien Sterkers, Video Solutions Marketing Director at Broadpeak.

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